Documentation:Connect/Create Groups in iPeer (How to)

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Connect student groups can be created within iPeer. To create student groups in iPeer, you can either create them manually or generate them using iPeer survey results.

You can also see transfer student groups between iPeer and Connect. For more more information, see How to Transfer Student Groups Between iPeer and Connect]].

This document will show you how to:

  • Manually create student groups
  • Generate student groups based on survey responses
  • Identify instructor best practices facilitated by this function

Video

Watch the video below to go through the steps in video format:

Manually Create Student Groups

  1. From within your Connect course environment click on iPeer in the Course Tools menu of the Control Panel.
    The iPeer and Course Tools links are boxed in red above.
  2. Now you are on the Managing iPeer Course Connection page. In the Action box on the right, click on Manage Course in iPeer.
  3. This will open your course page in iPeer on a new tab in your internet browser. Click Create Groups (Manual).
    The image above shows a course homepage in iPeer and boxed in red is the Create Groups (Manual) link.
  4. Now you are on the Add Group form. Your group will be assigned a number in the Group Number field. Enter a group name into the Group Name field.
    The image above shows the manual Add Group form.
  5. In the third field, identify whether the course is active or inactive.
  6. You will see two lists. The first is Filtered Students and the second is Students in Group. To move students from the Filtered Students List into the Students in Group List, select the name(s) and click on the Assign button.
  7. When finished populating your Students in Group List, click the Add Group button near the bottom of the page.

Generate Student Groups from iPeer Survey Responses

  1. Once on your iPeer Course Homepage, from the Team Maker list, click on Create Groups (Auto).
    The image above shows a course homepage in iPeer and boxed in red is the Create Groups (Auto) link.
  2. From the drop-down list, select the survey event you would like to use to generate groups.
    Above, the drop-down list shows all course surveys you can use to automatically create course groups based on survey responses.
  3. You are now on the Create Group Sets page. First, select your Group Configuration.
  4. Below you will see all of the questions you posed to students in the survey. For each question, set whether you want students filtered into groups based on the similarity or dissimilarity of their answers to each question.
    Above, the survey questions are seen with a sliding scale which is used to state whether you want students to be filtered based on the similarity or dissimilarity of their answers to each question.
  5. When satisfied, click the Next button.
  6. Now you are on the Team Summary page. Here you will see how your students were filtered. If you want to edit your weightings to create a new set of groups click go back. Click Save Groups to continue.
  7. Now it is important to note that so far you have only created a preliminary Survey Groups Set. You will need to release the set to make Course Groups you can use for evaluation events. If you want to tweak the membership of the groups in your Survey Group Set you can right-click the set you want to edit, and click View/Edit Group Set.
  8. From the Edit Survey Group Set page you will be able to see both Survey Groups and the responses to a specific question (can be changed) from each member of the Survey Groups.
  9. Click Save Groups when you are satisfied with your alterations.
  10. Now to release your Survey Groups Set, right-click on the desired set and click Release.
  11. You have now used the lists of students in your set of Survey Groups to create Course Groups. Within these course groups there is no record of the survey criteria you used to filter your students. So, if you need to tweak these groups you will do so manually and without the information from the survey immediately available to you (would have to refer to the survey results in another tab).

Effective Practices

The Connect Learning Management System significantly expands the toolsets of teachers and learners. This function directly:

  • Streamlines peer evaluation processes
  • Integrates survey technology to enable the grouping of students by survey responses
  • Immerses students in effective and innovative use of the LMS encouraging participation and exploration in these learning technologies

This function supports a number of Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles, including:[1]

1. Good practice encourages student - faculty contact
2. Good practice encourages interaction and collaboration between students
4. Good practice gives prompt feedback

We encourage both students and instructors to read more about the Seven Principles to see how they can inform your teaching and learning.

References

  1. Chickering, A. W., & Ehrmann, S. C. (1996). Implementing the seven principles. AAHE Bulletin, 49(2), 2-4. [1]